“Citation to Accompany the Award of THE AIR MEDAL to JOSHUA M. CARLSON, Aviation Survival Technician Third Class, United States Coast Guard.
Petty Officer CARLSON is cited for meritorious achievement in aerial flight from 24 August to 11 September 2017 in response to Hurricane HARVEY. Demonstrating remarkable resolve, Petty Officer CARLSON improvised the rescue of a paralyzed woman with a tracheotomy and an open wound. Working in chest deep water, he coordinated by radio to locate the only aircraft in the area with a litter, placed himself and the woman on an air mattress, secured her in the litter and hoisted her to safety. Amazingly, he kept the patient dry preventing toxic waters from infecting her wound and breathing tube. On another sortie, he deployed from 150 feet through high voltage power lines and trees to a severely flooded neighborhood, and began coordinating with several helicopters to hoist and rescue 20 survivors. Exhibiting extreme stamina, he transited across rooftops to triage survivors and carefully execute hoist recoveries in rain and gusting 50 knot winds. The next day, his ingenuity was crucial in building a makeshift hoist platform to rescue a post-surgery survivor. Carrying the man from his flooded house and onto the platform, he was able to place him in the basket and hoist him to safety. On his next rescue, he tactfully convinced a hesitant family to evacuate with the promise of recovering them all together, mere minutes before floodwater pressure from upstream levees was released. Petty Officer CARLSON's actions and skill were instrumental in the rescue of 68 lives. His courage, judgment, and devotion to duty are most heartily commended and are in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Coast Guard.” •
Also, his a$$ helped us get Corpus’ award posts done. BZ bud. @jcarlson45
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